Busy term at St Mary’s

By Seymour Telegraph

It has been a busy term at St Mary’s Seymour.

Vinnies Winter Appeal

Another term at St Mary’s came to an end with Rug Up Day on the last day of term.

Students and families at St Mary’s had been collecting non-perishable food for the St Vincent de Paul Society to distribute to local families and people in need. The students did an amazing amount of work to fill more than 20 baskets. These baskets were delivered to the Vinnies store by the school’s Young Vinnies Group, which led this social justice initiative.

Staff and students rugged up with scarves, beanies, extra coats, gloves and blankets as the heating was turned off across the school for just one day. This small gesture reminded us to stand in solidarity with all those who face homelessness or struggle to stay warm during winter.

Work experience

The Year 10 students participated in work experience towards the end of the term.

Thanks to the work of Tanya Oakley, the students all had a wonderful week across many different businesses and work places in the Seymour district.

Many thanks to all those businesses who offered a place to our students. Your support is very much appreciated.

Tag buddies

All classes at St Mary’s are buddied with another level so strong relationships can be built between different age groups. As part of our positive behaviour support program, the students participate in buddy activities at different times across the term. These activities can include sports games, art and STEM activities, musical experiences or team building games. The younger students enjoy spending time with the older students, who in turn develop their leadership and communication skills.

Dance with Grace O’Sullivan

As part of the PE/arts program, students from Prep to Year 4 took part in weekly dance lessons, led by Grace Sullivan from Black Cat Dance. The term culminated in a performance watched by many parents and the school community. Many thanks to Grace for her enthusiasm, expertise and commitment to this valuable program.

Vale Kerry Hogan

Sadly we farewelled our long-time amazing music and drama teacher Kerry Hogan at the end of the term.

Kerry passed away after a short, brave battle with cancer and we will forever miss her at St Mary’s.

Kerry was an integral and vital part of our staff and school community, a shining light for us all.